New member here but not a stranger to road trips! I usually wouldn't do too much research with my previous trips, just plugging in directions in Google Maps and hitting the road, but this time I wanted to see what people thought and maybe discover a few pearls. I've skimmed through the other forum topics on saving money and good routes, but didn't find anything as specific.
Keep in mind this is all tentative, so if something should be changed let me know
So I'm planning my trip for around April 18 from Phoenix, AZ to Cincinnati, Ohio.
I'm not straying too far from old habits, as I am following the first/shortest route on Google maps (basically 40>44>64>70). I plan on stopping once in Oklahoma City and I hope to complete the trip in as short of a time period as possible. Five years ago I made the trip from Cincy to Phoenix through the wide part of Texas (10) and now I hate Texas (lol), so I was going to go the northern route instead. If it's better on gas or cheaper in any other aspect I would consider it, but I don't know yet if it would be.
I've seen posts regarding the safe distances to travel in one trip and while my legs are longer than suggested, I feel due to previous experience I will be just fine. If I do become tired or overly distracted I have no problem pulling over and catching a few hours of rest.
I plan on getting a cheap hotel in OKc (I've found many on hotels.com under $50) to stretch out and sleep before the second leg. I'm able to bring all the belongings from the car into the room for the night, and I plan on doing so.
So now for most of the questions I have (I know I'll forget some):
Are there any little ways to tweak the route to avoid traffic or bad highways (narrow/one lane/heavily patrolled)?
Any secrets on good, safe places to sleep for a great price (beside travel sites online/motels)?
Is the Texas route easier/cheaper (please say it ain't so)?
Is it better to leave on a monday morning or a sunday morning?
Are there any tricks to keeping awareness up for longer periods of time?
So what do you guys think? Thanks in advance for taking the time to read and respond!